News Release: FMPSD Students Win Silver and Bronze at Canada Wide Science Fair

L-R: Dhvani Patel, Shaaf Babar and Dhrumil Shah at the Canada Wide Science Fair

(Fort McMurray, AB - May 24, 2017) Fort McMurray Public School District (FMPSD) congratulates Dhvani Patel, Dhrumil Shah, and Shaaf Babar, who have secured Silver and Bronze at the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF)  in Regina on May 19, 2017.

Dhvani Patel, grade 11 student at Westwood Community High School brought home a Silver medal, and was a “Challenge Division: Resources Senior" winner. This is the first “Challenge Division” award for Wood Buffalo at CWSF.

Dhrumil Shah, also a grade 11 student at Westwood Community High School secured Silver, and one of eight “Youth Can Innovate” awards. Shaaf Babar, who attends grade seven at Ecole McTavish Junior High School won Bronze; and had the distinction of being the youngest member of team Wood Buffalo ever. He is only 12 years old.

Shaaf’s project, Street Smart featured a mobile application that detects bumps/potholes and tracks their location for the Municipality as well as a component that allows residents to share feedback with the Municipality via Twitter. Dhrumil’s project Enhancing Electrolyzer Performance: Discovering the Separation of the Faradic Currents focused on efficient, and economical ways to produce hydrogen. And, Dhvani focused on SMART Agriculture Technology, a project on economically increasing productivity for farmers, and reducing water usage, among other things.

Vicki Dawe accompanied Team Wood Buffalo to the event. She is a Wood Buffalo Regional Science Fair board member and Westwood Community High School science teacher.

“What an incredible event! Working with these brilliant and ambitious young people is such a rewarding experience. We have been so fortunate in our region to have the support of families, teachers, school boards, as well as community and industry sponsorship that allows us the opportunity to share our students' success on the national stage,” enthused Dawe.

Doug Nicholls, Superintendent, FMPSD, congratulated the winners, and appreciated their enthusiasm to make local and global changes.

“Congratulations to Dhvani, Dhrumil, and Shaaf. We are proud of these young men whose projects focus on making our community, and world a better place. Whether it’s detecting potholes, finding farming efficiencies, or creating a better version of hydrogen, these projects have long-term local and global benefits. Thank you parents, and staff for your support. Indeed, we continue to do what’s best for kids, and in turn they are doing what’s best for everyone,” noted Superintendent Nicholls.

For additional information contact:


Kiran Malik-Khan
Communications Coordinator
Fort McMurray Public School District #2833
(C) 780-880-7666 / (W) 780-788-8009
kiran.malikkhan@fmpsd.ab.ca